DHS Says Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

New Homeland Security Video Urges Americans to Resist Shooters…With Scissors

 

Jan. 31, 2013 9:48am
If Americans were worried that those pushing gun control in Washington, and in the Obama administration, have unrealistic expectations about what is necessary for self defense, then a recently released video by the Department of Homeland Security seems unlikely to placate them.
The video, titled “Options for Consideration,” and released January 25th of this year, details what are meant to be acceptable responses to “active shooter situations” of the type seen at Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, and at the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Curiously, the video omits mention of the Aurora shooting, though it was filmed before Sandy Hook.
DHS’s recommended responses to such shootings, demonstrated in a generic office setting, include the obvious instructions to try to either evacuate the area, or hide someplace the shooter won’t think to look, while also warning innocent bystanders in such situations that it is necessary to follow the instructions of police officers and other law enforcement personnel who appear on the scene.
Department of Homeland Security Video Urges Citizens to Defend Against Shooters With Scissors
Department of Homeland Security Video Urges Citizens to Defend Against Shooters With Scissors
Department of Homeland Security Video Urges Citizens to Defend Against Shooters With Scissors
This much of the video is relatively non-controversial. However, there is one particular portion that may prompt derisive chuckles from self-defense advocates. The passage occurs at roughly 1:45 in the video, during which the narrator of the video suggests, “If you are caught out in the open, and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available.”
The image shown at this point is as follows:

Department of Homeland Security Video Urges Citizens to Defend Against Shooters With Scissors

Photo Credit: Youtube
This particular bit of advice has already attracted some attention. The New York Post reports the pushback:

Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, said he has a better option for consideration than a pair of scissors when confronting an armed mass murderer — a legal firearm.
“That’s why I prefer a gun, and I usually do carry a gun when it is lawful to do so,” said Feldman. “Clearly, you use whatever you can” to fight for your life, he said.
So if scissors are all you’ve got, grab them by all means.
The video is part of the Obama administration’s ongoing campaign to reduce firearm violence in the wake of the horrific mass murder last month of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Conn., said a Homeland Security official.

Given that the video was apparently released to coincide with Obama administration proposals on gun control, the fact that it makes mention of self-defense at all is surprising. However, suggesting that self-defense with scissors and other improvised weapons might be a valid option while neglecting to mention the idea of carrying a firearm for preparedness arguably heightens the omission of the latter.
Watch the video for yourself, below:
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI5EoWBRYmo&feature=player_embedded]
What an absurd bunch of crap brought to you by Janet Napolitano and the rest of the idiots at the DHS.
Tom in NC
 

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Paul
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Paul

I think Obama wants gun control to increase crime. As we all know crime does increase. That does appear to be the agenda. The next step would be a Police State.

roymcdade
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Ask Napolitano how many ARMED guards she has … Why should we give up the Right to protect ourselves while these politicians are given Carte Blanche ???

DCG
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Overpower a shooter with scissors? Idiots…

japoa
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You never know , they maybe extremely LONG scissors with extremely SHARP blades that would fall under the catagory of ” assault scissors ” . All the better to deliver a cutting remark with . Edward Scissorhands would be a walking , talking assault weapon .
On the serious side , what do you expect from a gov’t agency run by the troll and under the supervision of the usurper in charge ?

DCG
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In my training class (performed by a SWAT team member), he said the ONLY equalizer against a shooter is a gun. Period.

Greengirl
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Greengirl

If I were ever unlucky enough to find myself in one of those situations, I would never want to be left alone with any law enforcement associated with Homeland Security…….for fear they may make me one of the casulties so they can continue to push their sick and evil agendas.

randy63ism
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randy63ism

These lamb-brained geniuses left out a few things. If one brandishes a pair of scissors at an active shooter, what if he pulls out a rock? Good grief, one might not have enough time to reach the nearest copy machine for a sheet of paper to cover the rock! Silly libtards, just bring a gun!
“Baa!”

randy63ism
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randy63ism

Sage advice from a bullfrog-faced dyke to the sheeple. Progressives never cease to amaze me, they constantly go from progressively bad to progressively worse.
Now that’s progress!

Renee
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Renee

Ok right so instead of the guns I should use my kitchen knife or marble rolling pin. I would be dead before making contact with the attacker if I used that logic. Please remove your head from your butt before you speak DHS. This is not a solution to the problem.

japoa
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In the gov’ts thought process . If all else fails , piss on the perp. Because as we all know , better to be pissed off than pissed on !!!

Anonymous
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Let ’em eat scissors!

BobtheGrape
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BobtheGrape

What do you expect from a government that is out of touch with reality? When has our government brought in a well-thought-out program since 1965? I can’t remember one.

BobtheGrape
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BobtheGrape

In 1965 I was 19!